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Monday, September 08, 2003
      ( 12:44 PM )
A "mind-numbingly boring" propaganda film

A 9/11 widow reviewed in Salon.com the sham of a movie that aired last night about some alternate universe where President Bush was a hero on that tragic day.

The film "DC 9/11: Time of Crisis," which premiered
Sunday night on Showtime, is a mind-numbingly boring,
revisionist, two-hour-long wish list of how 9/11 might
have gone if we had real leaders in the current
administration. This film is rated half of a fighter jet --
since that is about what we got for our nation's defense
on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001

[...] It is understandable that so little time is actually
devoted to the president's true actions on the morning
of 9/11. Because to show the entire 23 minutes from 9:03
to 9:25 a.m., when President Bush, in reality, remained
seated and listening to "second grade story-hour" while
people like my husband were burning alive inside the World
Trade Center towers, would run counter to Karl Rove's art
direction and grand vision.

[...] It's also interesting to watch the fictional versions of Ari
Fleischer and Karen Hughes "strategizing" and "orchestrating"
to make President Bush look like a strong leader. Who knew
that it was such hard work to frame the president as an
empathetic, strong and competent leader in the face of the
nation's worst tragedy? Forgive my naiveté, but I never knew
how meticulously planned the president's every single word
and movement were. And if his words are that carefully and
painfully chosen, just how did those 16 words get into his
State of the Union address anyway? But I digress.

[...]Not surprisingly, there is no mention of accountability.
Not once does anyone say, "How the hell did this happen?
Heads will roll!" I was hoping that, at least behind closed
doors, there were words like, "Look, we really screwed
up! Let's make sure we find out what went wrong and
that it never happens again!" Nope, no such luck.

The entire article is a stunning indictment of the filmakers and the administration. From this review, I don't find it hard to believe that the Speech was announced and produced exactly for the time this movie was airing so that the cable news media wouldn't be full of this kind of reviews for the week of September 11. It's disgusting the movie was even made, but even more so that the President had to "address the nation" so as to distract us once again from the failures this administration refuses to correct, and, more importantly, the questions from 9/11 survivors that it refuses to answer.

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